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Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton victoria @ Editor in Chief Angela Klinske angela@ Creative Inspiration Beautiful You! Health Writer Robyn Hubbard, MD Conqueror of Clutter Alexandra Fix Beauty Guru Marianne Bockheim Lifestyle Writer Janice Lynne Lundy

CONTENTS Looking & Feeling Good Hot Mama! Beauty Essentials for Mom ..........................................6 Denim DuJour ..................................................................................8 Facial Fillers......................................................................................22 Broaden Your Horizons

Fashionista Sara Cosgrove

Due for a New “Do?” ......................................................................4

Contributing Writers Sara Cosgrove Katie Harger Kelli Kolakowski

Delightful Discoveries ....................................................................27


Conquer Your Clutter: Re-Style Your Wardrobe ..........................18 Reader’s Lounge ............................................................................38 Home & Garden

Sales Manager Roxanne O’Neil

Decorating Trends Inspired by Nature ........................................14

Sales Representatives: Mary Harger, Debbie Wentworth

Your Health All Out Fun: EcoTrek........................................................................16 Healthy Ideas

CONTACT US: PHONE: (616) 458-2121 E-MAIL: MAIL: 820 Monroe, NW, Suite 320 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 FAX: (616) 458-2399

Celebrity Skin Fixes ......................................................................24 Getting Your Beauty Sleep?........................................................24 Protect the Skin Your In ................................................................24 Fitness with Mrs. Michigan ............................................................26 What to do About Heavy Periods ................................................30 Recipes Cinco de Mayo Chili Con Queso Dip ....................................................................20

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Out & About Savvy Shopper ....................................................................................19 Faces and Places ................................................................................ 28 Events Calendar .................................................................................. 32

Remarkable Women Marianne Bockheim ............................................................................10

May 2009


New “Do?” Are You Due for a

Janice Lynne Lundy


In July 2008, I threw caution to the wind and cut off my hair. Actually, I had a talented stylist do that for me; I would not have trusted myself with that task. For many months I had sensed it was time – time for a new me to emerge. A radical new “do” was the first step.

All of my life, I have had long (or longish) hair. In my growing up years – the 1960s – long hair was “in.” The queens of the day had magnificent tresses: Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Cher, as well as numerous models and actresses. In high school I recall actually ironing my hair, as Cher reportedly did, on an ironing board in my parents’ kitchen to accentuate that long, sleek, hip look. Having long hair, to me, seemed to epitomize femininity. As the years went on, I clung tightly to my long hair, through child-rearing years, even into mid-life. It made me feel young and attractive. And then the day came – I don’t know how it happened – when I looked into the bathroom mirror and did not recognize the woman who stood there. The person staring back at me did not feel like me at all. Who was she? A mid-fifties gal who was trying to pretend she was still young? On closer observation, wrinkles traveled in wide arcs all over my face, skin sagged in the oddest places, and wiry gray hairs refused to cooperate with dye. Who was I and when had I come to look this way? This “awakening” happened at the same time that new publicity photos were needed to launch my new book. Despite doubting my appearance, I had them taken anyway. Holding the results in my hands, I had the same reaction as when I’d looked in the mirror a few days earlier. This is not me, I thought to myself. I do not feel like the woman in this picture. What I came to understand, in fact, was that I was no longer that woman. I had outgrown her a while back. My interior had changed so dramatically over the years that it did not match my exterior. The woman in the picture looked dated and pretentious. My life, worldview, and sense of self had shifted to be more natural, simpler. I knew I must do something to create congruency within myself. So I decided to chop off my hair. The experience was radical and profound. I loved my new look the moment I gazed in the mirror at the salon. Yet, afterward, I dissolved into tears when I looked at it again in the rearview mirror of my car, certain I had made an enormous mistake. For a split second, I was frozen, frightened. What had I done? In the days that followed, I gradually began to embrace the woman I knew myself to be: A woman who was more confident and courageous, one who could take a bold step into the unknown to try something new. A woman who could release traditional notions of beauty and forge her own way. Though, I admit, I was sorely tested. My husband loved my new look. My stepson hated it and wouldn’t even look at me, which launched me into further self-reflection.


How much did I rely on the opinions of others? How much of my self-worth was tied up in pleasing them, in being liked, getting noticed? I never thought that a haircut would propel me into a new phase of personal growth, but it did. And I am very grateful that it did. Like many women my age, I am learning to accept new facets of myself, one day at a time. This journey into our truest self never ends. If you are sensing that it may be time for you to let go of outdated notions of self, tending to your physical appearance in a brave, new way might be in order. You may want to begin by asking yourself a few questions: What about my physical appearance am I hanging onto? Why?

Am I willing to take a chance and explore new versions of my body, hair and face? What holds me back from doing so? Am I tied to cultural notions of beauty? These are not easy questions to answer. Bringing them to a journal can help – a safe place to privately explore your feelings about your physical appearance. I do know that if we are willing to look beneath the surface at who we really are, we will move toward congruency; to live our values so that our inner beauty shines through for all the world to see. I invite you to join me and fully embody the woman you are meant to be. Perhaps there is a new “Do” waiting for you, too!

What would I like to let go of? What would make me feel more authentic, more comfortable with my age? Am I afraid of what others might think?

Janice Lynne Lundy is an inspirational speaker and retreat leader, spiritual director, and the author of “Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You are Meant to Be,” available in bookstores nationwide or at Visit to learn more about Jan, her writing and her events.

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And whatever physically attracted my husband to me twenty years ago most certainly isn’t there now, at least not in the same places or at the same proportions! Hopefully, I’ve acquired and developed some positive character qualities that override whatever physical traits I may have once possessed. That being said, I still try to keep my eyeliner on straight and my hairstyle looking current.

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There are as many points of view on what is beautiful as there are ways to achieve it. Personally, I like character lines and strategically placed strands of gray hair that hint at an age of wisdom and life experience. But it’s also nice to know that there are professionals out there who are committed to helping me undo some of the damage I’ve done to my body by eating too much ice cream, getting too much sun and the physical changes that happen when birthing two children. And, of course, the effects of gravity. Whatever our views are, I think most of us can agree that it’s good to always look our best, to do what we can to maintain or even improve our physical appearance. By that I mean practicing proper hygiene, dressing appropriately and learning the correct way to apply eye shadow. It’s also important to eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep. And if we choose to go beyond those basics, I think that’s OK too, as long as we aren’t trying to achieve validation, worthiness or acceptance from those around us by altering or improving our physique. If we are trying to obtain some standard of beauty for others’ benefit, we’ll always be disappointed. Packed in the pages of this, our annual Beautiful You issue, learn how to be at your personal physical best. And see how you can balance your physical upkeep with activities that develop enduring qualities which make you unique and beautiful. Angela Klinske, Editor Women’s LifeStyle Magazine

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2. Hudson Jeans signature five-pocket boot cut in Ellis Wash, $176 Check out the signature triangle flap pockets on these dark wash jeans. They also have a button closure and a zip fly. Sizes 25 to 30. Muse boutique in Grand Rapids, Mich.

6. ANGelRoX vintage jeans for life, $168 These pull-on, five-pocket boot cut jeans are eco-friendly and offer the look of denim with the comfort of leggings. There are no zippers or buttons, and a mesh sash drapes over the hips. Gently frayed edges add to the vintage look, and angel wings are embroidered onto the back pockets. Sizes 0/2 (Feather), 2/4 (Bird), 4/6 (Wing), 8/10 (Song) and 12/14 (Joy).

3. Citizens of Humanity Amber High Rise boot cut stretch jeans in Sierra Wash, $189 These super soft, medium wash jeans have an 8” rise. They are beautifully faded in the thighs and rear with contrast embroidery on the back pockets. Sizes 26 to 32. Muse boutique in Grand Rapids, Mich. 4. William Rast Savoy regular rise trouser jeans in Snow White, $228 For a polished look that carries over from daytime to evening, try these crisp white jeans by William Rast. They have a 7.5” rise with a 35” inseam. Sizes 26 to 32. Bella Boutique in Grandville, Mich.


1. Shams Zagora flare jeans, $233 Straight from France, these wet-look, black denim jeans are just the thing for a night on the town. The wax finish and metallic threading epitomize “glam rock.” Sizes 24 to 32.





7. Seven7 collection for Lane Bryant embossed pocket jean in medium sandblast, $69.50 The elaborate contrast stitching on these back pockets is sure to turn heads. They have a single-button closure with a zip fly. Plus-sizes 14 to 28. Lane Bryant stores 8. Seven7 collection for Lane Bryant medium sandblast boot cut jean, $59.50 A subtle crosshatch pattern gives these jeans a cozy, worn-in look. The embroidered Seven7 swirl design accents the back pockets, and in the front there’s a single-button closure with a zip fly. Plus-sizes 14 to 28. Lane Bryant Stores

5. William Rast Sadie straight leg jeans in Archangle, $209 These straight leg jeans tuck perfectly into your favorite pair of boots, with chic distressed detailing. Sizes 26 to 32. JB and Me boutique in Holland, Michigan



9. Levi’s Low Skinny 531 jeans, $59.50 to $98 Here is a best-selling skinny jean that’s meant to flatter a variety of body types. It comes in 12 colors, and Rosie ($98) will look amazing with your favorite pair of ballet flats. Fits low on the hips. Sizes offered are 0 to 16, short (30” inseam), medium (32” inseam) and long (34” inseam). Levi’s Stores



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With a make-up brush in one hand and a pen in the other, Marianne Bockheim bestows her knowledge of beauty and fashion, both on face and on paper. As a writer for “Women’s LifeStyle Magazine” and as a consultant and instructor, Bockheim has helped hundreds of women discover their own sense of style.

Marianne Bockheim By Sara Cosgrove Photo by Ruth Parbel


arianne Bockheim enjoys teaching women to look their best. She recently had the opportunity to share her knowledge with women who are overcoming lifelong obstacles.

When the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center on Division (in Grand Rapids) opened last November, Bockheim knew she wanted to contribute, but didn’t know how. Then she had an idea. She met with Captain John Aren, administrator of The Center, and they discussed what was soon to become the “Eye Love Me!” project. “It’s a form of charm school,” says Bockheim, 37, who lives in Grand Rapids. “It allows women to rediscover inner beauty and how to portray that on the outside.” On Thursday evenings, for six weeks, Bockheim donated her time to nine women at the center, all of whom had been through difficult times and were looking to re-enter the workforce. Bockheim prepared a pink folder of information for each woman, and they discussed everything from beauty and fashion to fitness and nutrition. The first week’s topic was make-


up – application tips, simple techniques and dispelling beauty myths. The second week’s topic was skincare, a topic they would re-visit on their final session last month. The women received goodie bags filled with skin care products, cosmetics and hair products, and were given a special surprise: A group of licensed aestheticians, including Bockheim, gave them facials. “Some of these women have never experienced anything like that,” says Bockheim. “It’s nurturing. It’s therapeutic. It’s good for your skin, but it’s also very good for your soul.” Bockheim adds that the purpose of the program was to inspire women to be healthy on the inside and out, and to educate them about professionalism, appearance, and most importantly, confidence. “Every woman is beautiful, but you are your own worst critic,” says Bockheim. “It’s how you feel about yourself that determines what other people see in you.” Sara Cosgrove is a freelance writer living in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Icing cups sifted powdered sugar ounces cream cheese, at room temperature tablespoon butter, softened teaspoon grated lime peel teaspoon grated orange peel teaspoons lime juice teaspoon orange juice teaspoons coarse sea salt (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch-square baking pan. COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar, butter, vanilla extract, lime peel and orange peel in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Press into prepared baking pan. BAKE for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Spread with Citrus Icing. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cut into bars. Store in covered container in refrigerator. For Citrus Icing: BEAT powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, lime peel, orange peel, lime juice and orange juice in small mixer bowl until smooth.

Creamy Margaritas (Makes 4 servings) 2 cups lime sherbet or sorbet 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk 1 cup ice cubes 2 tablespoons (1 shot) tequila (optional) Coarse salt (optional) Fresh lime slices PLACE sherbet, evaporated milk, ice and tequila in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. If salted rims of margarita glasses are desired, dip rims into water, then salt and shake off excess. Pour margarita mixture into glasses. Garnish with lime slices.


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Decorating Trends Draw Inspiration from Nature “Nature inspires decorating trends that are simple, yet grand. What you might see on a stroll through your local park has become the backdrop for interior designers and do-it-yourself home decorators across the country,” says Susan Atchison, manager of trend development for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Spring into Summer with these inspiring ideas.

1. Emulate outdoor serenity. “Lush leaves and exquisite florals convey outdoor serenity,” says Atchison. She notes that creating a peaceful element within your home might be as simple as adding a flower or greenery arrangement. “It's amazing what plant life can do to liven a room. A vase of flowers in the bathroom can make your morning routine more cheery, or a green centerpiece on the kitchen table might make dinner a mini-retreat from the long day at work.” Whether fresh or silk, use leaves and flowers to bring a touch of classic nature into your home. Bright colors have pick-me-up appeal, while earthy tones convey calmness. Match complementary options with the current color scheme of your home, or combine to celebrate the harmony of the season.

2. Make practical pretty. The things you use on a regular basis in your home are often the things that don't have a lot of flair. But this spring, practical items are getting a stylistic boost with new designs and fresh ideas that make them stand out. “Flowerpots made of fabric are undoubtedly one of the freshest ideas for spring,” says Atchison. She suggests creating your own by using durable yet breathable Sun N Shade outdoor fabrics to create fun yet functional pots (instructions on right). From bright, eye-catching colors, to earthy, subtle tones, choose fabrics that mimic your favorite theme, whether you plan to use these planters indoors or out. At the end of the season, you can fold for easy storage and use next year.

fabric flowerpots courtesy of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores SUPPLIES & TOOLS: • 1/3 yd each 54” Sun N Shade™ fabrics, 2 prints • Basic sewing supplies • Sewing machine • Iron DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut a 10”x18” rectangle from each fabric. 2. For each rectangle, sew short ends (right sides) together, forming a tube with 1/4” seam allowance. Leave a 2” opening in the middle of the lining seam. Press seam open. 3. For both lining and exterior, press tube

3. Refresh what you already have. Atchison suggests using polymer clay to add natureinspired designs to different glass items you have around your house. For example, take a set of wine glasses and use different shades of green clay to create leaves on the outside of the glass. Bake the glass with the new clay design for 30 minutes at 230ºF and you'll






flat with seam in the middle and sew one end together with a 1/4” seam allowance to form bottom. Form gussets by matching bottom seam to fold on one side and flatten forming a point. Draw a mark at the fold on each side, 2” from the point end, and draw a line between the marks forming a triangle. Sew along the mark and trim off the excess triangle. Repeat on other side. With right sides together, drop lining into fabric flowerpot, pin the top edge and sew all around. Turn inside out through lining side seam, push lining into flowerpot and press as needed. Turn top of flowerpot down to form cuff. Fill fabric flowerpot with potting soil and plant.

Provide adult supervision if children participate in this project.

have an entirely new glass set to toast the sunset. Consider updating other items in your home such as plain vases, candy dishes and hand and lotion dispensers. According to Atchison, pretty much anything made of plain glass is a potential subject.

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F i t n e s s

EcoTrek Fitness Offers Healthy, Outdoor Exercise Photos and feature by Katie Harger tanding on the deck of his house near the Grand Haven State Park early one evening, a spectator looked on as 13 women and one man advanced speedily up the road toward him, resistance tubing belted around their waists.


“This looks like either a walkathon or a family reunion,” he observed. “Something like that,” replied Donna Ward, a Spring Lake resident and longtime participant in EcoTrek Fitness, an outdoor workout group which conducts workout excursions in five West Michigan locales and takes funny looks as much in stride as it does thunderstorms and icy conditions. Cari Draft-Elliott, the owner and creator of EcoTrek Fitness, thinks the outdoors is a perfect setting for exercise.

“Something about being out in the fresh air kind of reminds you of being a kindergartner,” she said. And when the weather keeps the less daring on their treadmills, DraftElliott and her clients head out into whatever Mother Nature throws their way. In the winter, they wear head lamps to see during their morning and evening workouts, and when other people are running for cover from the rain, Draft said they just wear their baseball caps and smile. “It’s fun. It’s not caring about what you look like,” she said. “You kind of feel like a rebel.”

Whether scampering to the top of a dune, doing “Something yoga on the beach, or their resistance about being out wrapping tubing around trees, EcoTrekkers integrate in the fresh air nature into every one of kind of reminds their 75-minute sessions. West Michigan’s you of being a abundant parks, beaches kindergartner.” and hiking trails keep them entertained and – Cari Draft-Elliott, refreshed by the sheer EcoTrek Fitness Owner beauty and variety of what they see, especially when the weather is beautiful. Although locations change from week to week, sessions have taken place at Hoffmaster State Park, Grand Haven State Park, Cannonsburg State Game Area, Millenium Park, Johnson Park, John Ball Park, and even the Grand Valley State University campus in Allendale, among others. Because no two outdoor workouts are the same, it’s easy for group members to avoid the boredom of routine. The changing temperature and terrain make creativity and improvisation a must. In her book The Rugged Walker: Great Workouts for the Great Outdoors, walking expert and certified fitness instructor Patricia Kirk writes that “hiking and lowlevel jogging up steep hills builds stamina and lowerbody strength; climbing trees and over rocks enhances balance and agility and improves upper-body strength; leaping over mud puddles and gullies develops power and speed; stretching against a log and meditating under a tree promote flexibility of body and mind.” The environmental improvisations used in EcoTrekking are things everyone can try in the great outdoors. The resistance tubing they tie around their waists is light and moves easily with them as they change locations.


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“With portable products,” writes Kirk, “the top of a mountain or the beach can become your exercise studio.” Using existing landforms, such as dunes along Michigan’s lakeshore, to replace manmade obstacles or exercise equipment can also be a great way to get in touch with the outdoors. “Exercising in nature reminds you of the intimate relationship between you and the earth,” says Kirk.

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The benefits of outdoor exercise can extend even beyond those it shares with a more typical fitness routine. EcoTrekkers report being sick less often in the winter, as well as experiencing less seasonal depression and overall cabin fever. “When you’re outside, you’re building your immune system constantly,” Draft-Elliott said. Paula Adkins of Spring Lake has lost 33 pounds and one-and-a-half dress sizes since starting EcoTrek. A diabetic, Adkins said that EcoTrek and other healthy lifestyle changes, like avoiding diet soda, have kept her from visiting her doctor outside of regular checkups for two years. Joy Hohmeyer of Spring Lake lost 20 pounds in three months. “I knew a lifestyle change was needed,” said Hohmeyer. “I just didn’t know how to accomplish it on my own.” The group setting of EcoTrek helps hold its members accountable to others, not just themselves, in their commitment to exercise. “If you were getting up to run by yourself,” Draft-Elliott said, “it would be easier to shut that alarm off.” Ward agrees. “Trust me,” she said of her group leader, “if you don’t go, she’ll call you.” Draft-Elliott also offers a food and activity diary sheet to EcoTrek participants, encouraging those for whom weight loss is a goal to keep track of their decisions on an everyday basis. On Wednesdays, she brings her groups healthy treats such as fresh fruit to snack on after their workouts.

Bringing outdoor fitness to west Michigan Draft-Elliott’s idea for EcoTrek Fitness came after completing an outdoor action certification in Portland, Ore. as part of her continuing education as a personal fitness trainer. She met women living on the West Coast running similar businesses and thought, “Why can’t we just do it here and see if people are interested?” After Draft-Elliott took a few of her friends on a test excursion in May 2006, EcoTrek was born. She operated by herself along the Lakeshore for the first year, then hired four EcoTrek leaders in 2008 to lead more series throughout west Michigan. Sessions are offered every day with a special excursion at least once a month. A mother of one, Draft-Elliott continues to serve clients one-on-one as a personal fitness trainer, but wants to continue expanding EcoTrek Fitness. She may be fast on the trail, but in trying to keep up with the huge success of her business, she said, “I’m taking it slow.”

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Style Conquer Yo u r C l u t t e r


he seams of your spring closet are bursting with a mishmash of individual styles, but you can’t see past the clutter. Should you purge it all and go out and buy more, or is there something to love in what you already have? How can you see the possibilities and find a fresh style? Professional image consultant Mary Leslie ( reminds us that “a great wardrobe is one that feels great today. If your wardrobe has lost the punch, what can you do to give it some spice?” Since 1982, Leslie has utilized make-up, skin care, color and wardrobe to help thousands of women spice up their unique styles. Leslie advocates revamping your clothes closet by re-styling. Here’s how:

Create a Fashion Collage The easiest way to get started is to create your own personal fashion collage. What speaks to you in clothing design? To find out, collect a few style magazines as well as your newest clothing catalogs. Now, have some fun: Thumb through and tear out what you love. Look for styles, colors, shapes and fabrics that catch your eye. Overlap and paste your choices on a large paper or in a notebook to create a fashion collage. Watch your style emerge.

Categorize the Closet Before you add more clothes or accessories, find out what you already have. Arrange your closet by grouping together tank tops, turtlenecks, blouses, jackets, pants, skirts and such. Then arrange them by color, from light to dark. Now, step back and take a look. What do you have? What are you missing? Arrange your work and casual clothes separately and focus on one group at a time.

Balance Your Collection A balanced wardrobe includes different textures, colors and neutrals. Textures should range from knits to silks and from matte to shiny fabric finishes. Be sure there is color – your colors—as well as the neutrals that suit you.

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“Neutrals are the bones of the wardrobe,” Mary notes. These are the whites, khakis, beiges, tans, taupes, blacks, charcoals, loden greens and browns. She also recommends including movement in your wardrobe. “Movement,” Mary explains, “is related to the hand of the fabric, the way that it falls. We see this in the way a bias skirt moves with a woman’s walk… no matter what [her] body shape. Movement keeps the wardrobe alive.”

Find the Right Lengths Today, so many different lengths are used together as layers. Individually worn though, Mary says, “We all have three lengths that look good for us – long, medium and short.” Exactly where those three lengths are most attractive varies with every individual. She recommends the following exercise: Put on a pair of tights and undergarments (so that you’re not focused on perceived body flaws that may distract you) and pool a sheet on the floor at your feet. Now, slowly lift the sheet up your body to expose your legs. Stop where it looks good for a long, a medium and then a short hem length. Reverse draping can be done to define what type of neck or shoulder exposure is most attractive for you.

Choose the Right Colors Although Mary tends to think that choosing suitable colors is often innate, there’s nothing like having a color analysis done by a professional. It really is fun and enlightening to have someone in the know offer their advice about the colors that bring out your true beauty.

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Be Your Own Fashionista Once you’ve seen what your closet holds, you can begin to create combinations. Let your imagination play with the possibilities. Take digital photos of the outfit combos you see and print them out. Start a wardrobe notebook and list what to shop for. Call a moratorium on buying any more of the colors or styles that have invaded your closet. For more fun wardrobing ideas, check out Here you can download photos of your current wardrobe and clothes on your wish list and create virtual outfit combinations.

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Choose from popular bike brands such as Gary Fisher, Raleigh and Cannondale. As always, Ada Bike Shop sticks by their 30-day “Best Bike Guarantee,” which means that if your bike is unsatifactory, even after one month of riding, you can exchange it, hassle-free. Each bike comes with a limited service warranty – a $60 dollar value – and includes an annual tune-up, basic adjustments in shifting, braking or performance. Call or visit the shop and ask for Ted, the shop’s service manager, who offers one-on-one classes in bicycle care.

Grand River Grocery 496 Ada Dr. SE, Grand Rapids (616) 676-9292 Whether you’re headed to one of the outdoor summer picnic concerts, a backyard barbecue or just need to pick up a few delicious items, Grand River Grocery has it covered. Taste an assortment of great local foods, wines and seasonal beverages. It’s also the place to shop for gift baskets, giftware, custom cheeseboards, and hard-tofind items for moms, hostesses and, of course, yourself. Ada Bike Shop 597 Ada Dr. SE, Ada (616) 682-2453 Have you ever thought about commuting to work by bike? Or riding through west Michigan’s wooded terrain? How about competitive racing? Or just pedaling along your neighborhood trail? If you’ve always wanted to take up cycling, but aren’t sure where to start, Ada Bike Shop is a good place to begin your cycling adventure. And whether your budget is $200 or $2,000, Ada Bike Shop professionals can help you find the right bike (or scooter!) for the right ride.

Nestled in downtown Ada, you’ll find this quaint shop a fun place to learn about the thrill of a bike ride. Test ride your favorite bike and learn which bikes are best for road vs. offroad riding and which can be used for both. Learn the difference between an aluminum bike and one made from carbon fabric. Meet other cyclists at all levels for Tuesday evening bike rides (Tuesdays at 6 pm from Victory Club and 6:30 pm mountain bike rides starting at Cannonsburg ski area). Voted a “Top 100 Dealer” by Bicycle Retailer Industry Magazine, Ada Bike Shop sells bicycle gear including clothing, shoes, gloves and helmets.

A large selection of Michigan-made products is also available. Grand River Grocery features products from Wealthy Street Bakery, Patricia’s Chocolates, Dancing Goat Creamery award-winning cheeses, and numerous others. Too busy to cook dinner? Grand River Grocery offers select dinner entrees prepared in the store’s kitchen by Chef Wes Davis and his assistant, Andrea. Choose from lasagna, penne pasta, chicken Florentine and others!

Grand River Grocery even has a Starbucks, a deli and one of the largest wine selections in the area.

Keystone Pharmacy 4021 Cascade Road SE Suite 50, Grand Rapids (616) 974-9792 Keystone Pharmacy is a neighborhood pharmacy that specializes in hard-to-find (and in-stock) perscriptions, including fertility medications, compounded medications, pain and symptom management, anti-aging and functional medicine. Consultation services at Keystone are available by appointment and range from anti-aging to pain management and veterinary needs. After the first consultation, the pharmacists at Keystone will customize a regimen perfect for your health needs.

The Clever Cook 5775 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids (616) 575-8520 Longtime kitchen gadget store is closing its doors this month, but you can still order your favorite dishes and kitchen tools at The Clever Cook’s online store. Discover thousands of smart kitchen gadgets and gourmet foods at The Clever Cook. The store ships anywhere in the United States, but if you live in Grand Rapids, a minimum $50 order comes with free home delivery (a nominal fee is charged for orders under $50). Now through the second weekend in May, The Clever Cook is liquidating its entire in-store inventory. Stop by and stock up! Items are 1070 % off and are going quickly.

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inco de Mayo is a fun and festive holiday that’s celebrated with music, dancing, family and delicious food. To bring great Mexican flavors to your fiesta, take a lesson from Maria Conception Jacinta Dominguez Ortega – also known as Mama Ortega.

In the 1800s, Mama Ortega created a loving home for her 13 children, and it centered around a tiny kitchen. From her small charcoal-burning stove, Mama created memorable meals her family loved. Everything for each meal was homegrown, handpicked and homemade. You may not have your own home-grown ingredients, but you can take advantage of authentic ingredients used in the line of Ortega Mexican Foods products. Fire-roasted chiles, authentic taco seasonings, crisp taco shells made with whole kernel corn are just a few of the ways that Ortega brings authentic Mexican flavor and fun to your family’s dinner table.

Slow-Cooked Shredded Beef Tacos 6 to 8 servings 1 1/2 1 1 1

pounds beef chuck roast medium onion, sliced cup water Ortega Grande Taco Dinner Kit (includes 8 hard taco shells, 8 soft flour tortillas, 1 packet taco seasoning mix, 1 packet taco sauce and 1 packet Land O Lakes Cheese Sauce) 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega Diced Green Chiles

Chili Con Queso Dip Makes about 3 cups 1 package (16 ounces) pasteurized processed cheese spread, cut into chunks 1 cup Ortega Thick and Chunky Mild Salsa 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega Fire-Roasted Diced Green Chiles 1 package (10 count) Ortega Tostada Shells or 1 package (12-count) Ortega Taco Shells, broken into pieces Additional Ortega Fire-Roasted Diced Green Chiles (optional) Chopped tomatoes (optional) Combine cheese, salsa and chilies in small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until fully melted and blended. Serve warm with tostada or taco shells. Garnish with additional chilies and tomatoes, if desired.


Optional toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, shredded mild cheddar cheese, sour cream Place beef and onion in 4-quart slow cooker. Combine water and seasoning mix from kit in small bowl. Pour over beef and onion. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or until fork tender. Transfer beef to cutting board; shred beef with two forks. Place in large bowl. Stir in taco sauce from kit and chilies. Fill warmed taco shells and tortillas from kit with beef mixture. Top with cheese sauce from kit. Garnish with desired toppings.

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Chocolate Chile Brownies With Spiced Frosting 9 servings Brownies 1 package (18 to 19 ounces) brownie mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega Diced Green Chiles, undrained Frosting 1 cup powered sugar 1 tablespoon Ortega Chili Seasoning Mix 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons milk Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 8inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over sides of pan; lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.

Easy Empanadas 12 empanadas

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix pork, taco sauce and chilies in small bowl.

Separate biscuits into 12 pieces. Flatten each biscuit into 6-inch round, using rolling pin. Divide filling evenly among biscuits, spreading over half of each round to within 1/4 inch of edge. Fold dough over filling; press edges with fork to seal well. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm with salsa for dipping.

Blend powdered sugar and seasoning mix in small bowl. Stir in milk, adding more if necessary, until desired consistency. Spread on brownies. Slice and serve.



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Prepare brownies according to package directions. Stir in chilies; mix until well blended. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or use time recommended on package. Cool on wire rack. Using foil “handles,� remove from pan.

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Facial Fillers Look Visibly Younger in Under an Hour

By Sara Cosgrove


There is a way to replace what your skin loses over time, and dermal fillers are to smile lines what Botox is to crow’s feet. Unlike Botox, which relaxes the muscles that create wrinkles on the top half of your face, dermal fillers add volume to smooth out the wrinkles on the lower half. You can reinvent youthful skin by literally “filling in” your wrinkles. Dermal fillers (also known as facial fillers and wrinkle smoothers) are FDA approved to lessen the appearance of smile lines and marionette lines, erasing years from your face. These injectable gels are alternatives to invasive surgical procedures (i.e. plastic surgery), and they offer instant results that create the muchdesired supple appearance of skin. You can expect to see lasting results after one or two treatments. Another perk is that no allergy testing is required beforehand, because these wrinkle smoothers are made from substances that occur naturally in the human body.

add cheekbone definition. And while it isn’t a completely pain-free process, it is brief and doctors often use a local anesthetic. “The injection process is actually pretty quick. Each syringe probably takes five to ten minutes to inject. There’s a lot of time spent making things even, but for the patient, the painful part is very short,” says Hoekstra. “With Radiesse and Juvéderm, we mix it with a numbing medication called Lidocaine, which is an anesthetic. The first injection is usually painful, but after that the area becomes numb. So, when you are fine-tuning, everything is numb.”

How to decide which filler to use

“Fillers get rid of wrinkles. You see the results immediately,” says Dr. Lisa Hoekstra, MD at Jupiter Medical Aesthetics in Belmont, Mich. “You can also do correction. I have a couple of patients who have scars either from birth defects or injuries. You can correct some of that asymmetry using fillers.”

What to know beforehand Before scheduling an appointment, schedule a consultation. It’s the ideal time to discuss your expectations, the cost (from $500 to $600 and up, depending on the areas of your face you’d like to fill) and recovery time. Consultations can take up to an hour, and will educate you before you commit. For example, if you would like to have smoother skin for a special event such as a wedding, you would want to schedule an appointment to have the injection at least a few days prior to the event. This is because, although the side effects are mild and should last no longer than one week, they include swelling, redness, tenderness, firmness, bumps and minor bruising. Appointments for dermal fillers can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, and injections should always be performed by a medical professional. There are several points on the face where fillers can be very useful. When the chin, lip and nose area (nasolabial folds) are injected, it is to soften deep or superficial wrinkles. When the cheek area is injected, it is to

There are several fillers to choose from, including Radiesse, Juvéderm and Restylane. Radiesse is made of calcium-based microspheres that stimulate the body to produce new collagen. Juvéderm is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally hydrating substance your skin loses with age. Restylane is another hyaluronic acid filler. No matter which filler you and your physician decide is best, the outcome is impressive. “I use Juvedérm primarily to augment lips, but it can be used anywhere on the face,” says Dr. Stephen PreFontaine, medical director at Indigo MedSpa in Grand Rapids, Mich. “A unique thing about Radiesse is that it actually induces your own skin to make collagen around it. That collagen is building up over two-to-three months, then the filler becomes absorbed by the body while it leaves behind all of that collagen. It has a very natural feel and look to it, and it can last a long time, anywhere from nine to 18 months. Juvéderm can last from six months to a year.”

So, who is a good candidate for dermal fillers? “Most of my clients are in their 30s and 40s, with a fair amount of 50 year olds,” says PreFontaine. “Once you get into the upper 50s and 60s, a lot of what I do, Botox or fillers, is not necessarily as effective as it is in a younger person, whose skin is a little more elastic.” He adds, “I see a big growth in the late 20s and early 30s, and to be honest, that’s a good time to come in… If you keep up with it you can keep your skin from wrinkling.” Smile lines are the common facial lines and wrinkles that appear on the cheeks. One way in which Radiesse dermal filler corrects these lines is by stimulating the body to produce new collagen.




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Protect the Skin Your In The American Academy of Dermatology cites that sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, AAD recommends being Sun Smart by following these guidelines: • Generously apply a water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that provides broadspectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to all exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. Look for the AAD Seal of TM Recognition on products that meet these criteria. • Wear protective clothing, such as a longsleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible. • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun's rays are strongest

Web Site Offers Relationship Resources to Couples To better understand current attitudes about marriage, National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) conducted a quantitative survey of 3,600 young adults aged 18 to 30. Overall, the survey found that young adults aspire to be married and believe that a healthy marriage is within reach. And, the #1 reason to take the plunge is "love," (87 percent) followed closely by "lifelong commitment" (72 percent). Only 31% saw "having children" as a reason to get married.

between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. • Protect children from sun exposure by playing in the shade, using protective clothing and applying sunscreen. • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. • Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don't seek the sun. • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it. • Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

Based on these findings, NHMRC has launched a public education campaign on marriage and created, an interactive Web site that provides people with direct access to relationship resources. "We want to get people talking about the complexity of healthy marriages and provide tools and tips for making relationships work during challenging times," says Mary Myrick, NAMRC project director. Paul Amato, professor of sociology at Penn State University, agrees. “During these tough economic times, relationships can be severely impacted. It is more important now than ever to provide solid information and tools to help couples.”

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Whether at the gym or in the privacy of your own home, here are some effective yet simple excercises -demonstrated by Sara Moylan, Mrs. Michigan 2008. Building strong muscle tone is key to improving your metabolism, your stamina and your shape. Start now and be fit for summer! Please remember to check with your medical professional before starting any excercise program.

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The vertical leg crunch is an effective move for the rectus abdominis and the obliques. 1.

The Bicycle exercise is the best move to target the rectus abdominis (i.e., the 'six pack') and the obliques (the waist). 1. Lie face up on the floor and lace your fingers behind your head. 2. Bring the knees in toward the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the ground without pulling on the neck.

3. Straighten the left leg out to about a 45-degree angle while simultaneously turning the upper body to the right, bringing the left elbow toward the right knee. 4. Switch sides, bringing the right elbow toward the left knee. 5. Continue alternating sides in a 'pedaling' motion for 12-16 reps.

Lie face up on the floor and extend the legs straight up. 2. Contract the abs to lift the shoulder blades off the floor, as though reaching your chest towards your feet. 3. Keep the legs in a fixed position and imagine bringing your belly button toward your spine at the top of the movement. 4. Lower and repeat for 12-16 reps.

The plank exercise is a great way to build endurance in both the abs and back, as well as stabilizer muscles. 1. Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor. 2. Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows. 3. Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels. 4. Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air. 5. Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, then release and raise arm into the air and bring it below your body while balancing on your other arm, alternating sides.

Get your gluteus medius and hamstrings in tip-top shape with these basic lunges. 1. Stand in a split stance. You want both knees to be at about 90-degree angles at the bottom of the movement, so adjust accordingly. 2. Hold weights (1 pound for beginners; 3 pounds for advanced) in each hand. 3. Bend the knees and lower the back knee


toward the floor, keeping the front heel down and the knee directly over the center of the foot. 4. Keep the torso straight and abs tucked in. As you push through the front heel, lift your back leg and return to starting position. 5. Don't lock the knees at the top of the movement. 6. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps.

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Barbara A. Mieras, senior vice president for major gifts at Davenport University, has received the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the Michigan State University College of Education Alumni Association. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to MSU College of Education alumni who have made significant contributions to their profession, community and educational organizations through recognized leadership.

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Spotlight: More than two million women reach menopause every year, and those who struggle with the many symptoms associated with menopause are exploring an increasingly popular therapy called bioidentical hormone replacement. Indigo MedSpa, a Grand Rapidsbased provider of medical spa treatments and products, has expanded their service offerings to include new and innovative therapies to correct imbalances in the body that can lead to changes in mood, behavior and the way one feels. These new services include testing and treatment, for both women and men, for symptoms associated with peri-menopause, menopause, and andropause (male menopause). These issues are treated by Indigo’s board certified physician, Stephen PreFontaine, DO . “Hormone therapy can provide relief from symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance including fatigue, headaches, memory lapses, night sweats, indigestion, insomnia, hot flashes and anxiety, to name a few.” said Lynne PreFontaine, BSN, RN, manager of Indigo MedSpa. Indigo MedSpa sees the new offerings as an extension of their long-time commitment to a holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing. Indigo MedSpa is now accepting select medical insurances for the treatment of hormone imbalances related to peri-menopause, menopause and andropause, in addition to medical management of stress and fatigue (Adrenal Fatigue). Indigo MedSpa is located at 4081 Cascade Rd. SE Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. To view their website, visit To contact them by phone, call 616-336-7662 or email Indigo MedSpa at

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emon, lime or both - these sunny little tartlets are the perfect way to make her smile. Using refrigerated cookie bar dough means you can make two dozen of them in no time. Treat all the Moms in your life to a little bite of sunshine this month.


Lemon-Lime Tartlets Makes 2 dozen 1 package (16.5 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Bar Dough 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 1 package (8 ounces) 1/3 less fat cream cheese or regular cream cheese, at room temperature 2 cups thawed fat free, reduced fat or regular frozen whipped topping 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1/4 cup lime juice 2 teaspoons grated lime peel Additional lemon and lime quarter slices, peel curls or grated peel (optional) PREHEAT oven to 325 °F. Paper-line 24 muffin cups. CUT dough along pre-scored lines; place one piece of cookie dough in each muffin cup. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cookies will be puffy. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

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BEAT sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese in large mixer bowl until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping. Divide mixture into two medium bowls. Stir lemon juice and lemon peel into one bowl and lime juice and lime peel into other bowl. POUR about 3 tablespoons lemon cream cheese mixture over 12 cookie cups. Repeat with lime cream cheese mixture and remaining cookie cups. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Decorate with lemon and lime quarter slices, curls or peel, if desired.

Tip: Does she love lemon but isn’t crazy about lime? Simply double the lemon juice and grated lemon peel and leave out the lime to make 24 lemon tartlets. Tartlets may be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Allow to thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.















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By Robyn Hubbard M.D.

ave you ever had to adjust your plans to accommodate your period? According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, more than 56 percent of women have to make adjustments to their daily lives because of heavy periods.

I’d like to tell you about Nancy, a 43-year-old patient of mine who came to see me last week with complaints of heavy bleeding. Nancy used to have periods about once a month that lasted 4 or 5 days. Recently, her periods have gotten much longer, up to 10-12 days. Her flow can be so heavy that for 2 days she is afraid to leave the house. She finally scheduled the appointment with me when she leaked through her clothes at work and decided she was fed up. Nancy’s story is not unusual. Nearly every day in my practice as a gynecologist I meet women whose lives are significantly affected by their periods. This may mean rescheduling or cancelling vacations, avoiding intercourse, or skipping activities or missing work because of heavy bleeding.

What is abnormal bleeding? • Periods closer together than 21 days • Menstrual flow longer than 7 days • Needing to change your pad or tampon more than every 1 to 2 hours • Midcycle bleeding or bleeding after intercourse • Heavy period bleeding that leads to iron deficiency anemia

What causes abnormal bleeding? Several things can cause abnormal bleeding including a hormone imbalance, polyps, fibroids (benign muscle tumors of the uterus), infection and cancer.

What should I do if I have abnormal bleeding? I recommend that you make an appointment with a gynecologist to be evaluated. An appointment for abnormal bleeding will usually include a detailed history of your periods, medical and surgical history, family history and medications. The doctor will then perform a pelvic examination that may include a pap smear (test for cervical cancer), infection screens, and feeling for any tenderness or masses. The next step usually includes an endometrial biopsy, where a thin straw-like tube is passed through the cervix (opening to the uterus) to collect cells from the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). The doctor may then order a special ultrasound test called a sonohysterogram. During this test, a small amount of water is placed into the cavity of the uterus while the ultrasound takes pictures. This test shows detailed pictures of the uterus, ovaries and the cavity or lining of the uterus where polyps and fibroids often lie.

What can be done to treat abnormal bleeding? There are great options to treat heavy periods that are minimally invasive, easy and offer great success. Of course, your health care provider must take into account your own history when offering treatment, but for many an endometrial ablation is a great option. Other choices may include hormones such as birth control pills, D&C (dilation and curettage) where the endometrium is scraped and polyps can be removed, or hysterectomy. Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus (endometrium). There are several


devices on the market that can accomplish this. I prefer the Novasure device which uses radio energy-like cautery to burn the lining. The Thermachoice device uses a balloon filled with hot water to burn the lining, while the Hydrothermablation uses hot, circulating water. Other devices are laser, microwave and freezing. The goal is to destroy as much of the lining of the uterus as possible, so that when your hormones trigger the uterus to build up a lining and then to shed it for a period, very little if nothing happens. This doesn’t change your hormones at all; it just reduces the bleeding. Women who are candidates for endometrial ablation need to be done having children. I insist that they have permanent birth control like a vasectomy or a tubal ligation to ensure that they won’t get pregnant after an ablation (serious problems arise if a baby tries to grow on a lining that isn’t growing properly).

Can you do the ablation in the office? Endometrial ablations can be performed in the doctor’s office. This has opened the door to many women having minor surgery under local anesthesia, or light sedation, going home an hour later, and being back at work the next day. Not only is it safe and effective, but the procedure is very convenient for patients.

What are the success rates with an endometrial ablation? Each of the devices mentioned above have high success rates. I quote a greater than 80 percent success rate with significant reduction in monthly bleeding. The best part is that up to half of the women who have an endometrial ablation will have no more periods at all! Most people hope they will fall into this category. In conclusion, I have found great results in offering in-office endometrial ablations to my appropriate patients with heavy periods. It has also helped to decrease the rates of hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus) my patients need.

For more infornation: Contact your gynecologist or ask you primary care provider for a referral. Web sites that may be useful include: (Thermachoice)

Robyn Hubbard, MD is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist with Grand Rapids Women’s Health. She has three children: 12-year-old Hailey, and 9-year-old twins, Christopher and Allison.

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May 16-17 The Michigan All-State Bonsai Show is at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Demonstrations and trees available for purchase. 957-1580 or

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Special Events

May 2-9

Through May 25

The famous Tulip Time Festival celebrates 80 years of culture, community and beauty, featuring six million tulips, three parades, 1,100 costumed Dutch Dancers, street scrubbings, concerts, fireworks, kids events, and an arts and crafts fair. Downtown Holland.

The DINOSAURS: Just Imagine! exhibit and “Dinosaur Chronicles” planetarium show continues at the Public Museum. Admission to the exhibit is $2 and to the planetarium show is $3 in addition to general museum admission (Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children $3. Members are free.) 456-3977 or

May 15-17

May 2

The Mayfest Bluegrass Music Festival in Lowell presents local and regional bluegrass groups at the Kent County Fairgrounds. Fri. $10; Sat. $15; Sun. $5. 897-9161 or

The Public Museum presents International Astronomy Day.

The 20th Annual Great Lakes Kite festival in Grand Haven is the Midwest’s largest kite festival. Free. 11 am-5 pm. 8467501 or

May 19-25

May 13

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days is the oldest festival in Muskegon County. Rides, music, games, parade, river boat rides, petting zoo, art fair and a jazz band competition. Sunday features a family pig roast and fireworks. 800-250WAVE or

The Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee presents Casino Night, with gambling, dancing and food. 7 pm at the English Hills Terrace Continental Room. $30 fee includes $1,000 in poker chips. All proceeds benefit the Grand Rapids Symphony. 454-9451, ext 123

May 2 The Lazy Blue Tunas at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St. 8 pm. Free. Dinner reservations suggested. 235-7669.

May 3 Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society hosts Song Circle. Bring a guitar or a dish to pass for community singing, campfire style. 5-9 pm. Free. At a private home in Kentwood. 246-6468 or

May 29-31

May 4

Grand Haven Offshore Challenge fishing tournament at Chinook Pier.

WYCE’s Hat Trick Series presents Paleface. The hat will be passed for CASA. 7:30 pm at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St. May 7 Lonesome Jane performs as part of the Thursday evening Acoustic Stew series. Free. 8-11 pm. at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St.

May 8 Martha’s Vineyard Wine Tasting to benefit the St. Cecilia Music Center. Silent and live auctions and hors d’oeuvres. 6:30-10 pm at the music center. $35. RSVP by May 4 to (616) 459-2224.

May 16-17

50th Anniversary Spring Parade of Homes takes place throughout west Michigan. Hours are 1-9 pm Memorial Day weekend (Friday, Saturday & Memorial Day) and from 1-9 pm on Wednesdays & Saturdays; 6-9 pm on Fridays. Tickets are $12 for ages 13 and older; kids under age 12 get in free.

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May 9, 16 May 30 - 31 The Iris Show at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features hundreds of specimen iris blooms displayed in vases and arrangements. Free admission to the show. Noon-5 pm. 957-1580 or

Wednesdays and Saturdays The Eighth Street Market Place opens May 13 in Holland, with more than 50 flower and produce vendors.

The Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus presents its 13th Annual Spring Concert, singing songs in Polish, Spanish, Arabic, Finnish, and Akan (South African), as well as songs from Celtic and AfricanAmerican traditions. $15 tickets are available at Spirit Dreams, 1430 Lake Dr. SE. $8 student tickets only at the door. May 9 concert is at 8 pm at St. Cecilia’s Royce Auditorium. May 16 concert is at 7:30 pm at Dogwood Performing Arts Center in Fremont.

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May 14 Virtuoso pianist Christopher O’Riley brings his interpretations of classic and contemporary repertoire to St. Cecilia Music Center. Joining O’Riley is Carter Brey, principal cellist with the New York Philharmonic. Tickets $35 and $30, students $10. Pre-concert dinner is an additional $30 and includes wine and three courses. 459-2224 or

Ongoing Through May 25 Saturday night Laser Light Shows at the Public Museum. Led Zeppelin at 9 pm, Pink Floyd at 10 pm. 272 Pearl NW. General admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors (62+); $3 children ages (3-17). 456-3977 or


May 15-16

Acoustic Saturday Nights are presented by the Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society. A non-smoking, casual family environment. 8 pm. $12 general, $10 students and seniors, $9 members, $3 3-12 year olds, lap-sitters free. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. or 361-9219

The Calvin Alumni Choir presents “Vesper Splendor” at 8 pm in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 265 Sheldon Blvd. 526-6282.

Theater & Film

May 16

Through May 3

Mary Rademacher at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St. 8 pm. Free. Dinner reservations suggested. 235-7669.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents “The Foreigner,” a comedy about a shy Brit on holiday in backwoods Georgia. Thursday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm. $14-$25. 222-6650 or

May 14 Delilah De Wylde performs as part of the Thursday evening Acoustic Stew series. Free. 8-11 pm. at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St.

May 16 First United Methodist Church presents Jazz Vespers with Jim Cooper. Free. 6 pm. 227 East Fulton St.

May 17 The choirs of First United Methodist Church, Park Congregational Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church perform the Lord Nelson Mass. Free. 7 pm at Park Congregational Church, 10 E Park Place NE.

May 18 WYCE’s Hat Trick Series presents Serena Ryder. A hat will be passed for Lutheran Social Services. 7:30 pm at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St.

Through May 9 Master Arts Theatre presents C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters,” by Nigel Forde. Show times are Thurs., Fri., & Sat. evenings at 7:30 pm., and Sat. matinees at 2 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults with a $2 discount for senior citizens and students. All seats reserved. 455-1001 or

May 2-3 The Thebes Players present “Danny Trooper; In the Land of ModMyth.” 7:30 pm May 2 and 2:30 pm May 3 at the Lowell Performing Arts Center at Lowell High School. $6 in advance, $8 day of show. 897-8545 or 897-5650.

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May 5

Founders Brewing co-hosts the 2nd annual Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute Concert, featuring numerous local bands covering Dylan songs. $5 cover. 304-8788 or

WGVU presents Independent Cinema at UICA, featuring the PBS film “Ask Not.” Free admission.

May 28 3’s a Crowd and Scott VanderArk performs as part of the Thursday evening Acoustic Stew series. Free. 8-11 pm. at One Trick Pony, 136 E. Fulton St.

May 29-June 14 The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents: “Willy Wonka,” the worldfamous candy man and his Oompa Loompas. Wednesday 7:30 pm, Thursday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm. Tickets $11-$30. 222-6650 or

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May 30

Through May 10

Master Arts Theatre and Contents Under Pressure present a 12-Hour Comedy Improv Marathon. Noonmidnight. Tickets $10 and you may come and go. 75 77th ST SW. 455-1001 or

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park hosts an exhibition by celebrated American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky.

Through May 3 The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents “MOBY-DICK: Frank Stella and Herman Melville,” bringing together more than thirty monumental printed works from Stella.

Art Through January 3, 2010 The Public Museum presents “Newcomers: The People of This Place,” with more than 600 artifacts and images; dating from the first French fur traders to the latest influx of refugees escaping wars. Adults $8, Seniors $7 and Children $3. 456-3977 or

Through May 3 Grand Rapids Art Museum presents Saturday All Day with the Arts, including films and creating art projects. Free with admission to museum. Museum Admission: Adults $8; senior adults (62 and over) and college students with ID; $7; youth (ages 6-17) $5; children under 6 Free.

Through May

May 1-9, 14-23

MercuryHead Gallery features Erik Kuhl: A New Series of Works. New landscapes by Armand Merizon, Kathy Mohl and George Peebles also remain on exhibit. 962 East Fulton St. 456-6022

Calvin College Art Department presents two student exhibitions: the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition May 1-9 and the Bachelor of Arts Exhibition May 14-23. 526-6271.

May 15, 17 Through May The Westminster Art Gallery features the artwork of members of the Heartside Community. The Gallery at 47 Jefferson, SE, is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Sunday 8am-1pm. 243-1037.

The Tanglefoot South Side Artists present their Spring Open House Studio Show. Paintings, sculpture and prints by Carlos Aceves, Elaine Dalcher, Alynn Guerra and Nikki Wall. 5-9 pm May 15; noon-4 pm May 17. 314 Straight Ave. SW, Door K. 808-0092

Through May 30 Splash 10 is an exhibit of 10 awardwinning West Michigan watercolorists. Opening reception 5:30-8 pm May 1, with a gallery talk at 7 about the challenges and joys of painting with watercolor. At Gallery Uptown, 201 Washington St., Grand Haven. 846-5460 or


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White House in Miniature, Monday through Sunday 9 am-5 pm at Gerald R. Ford Museum. This exhibit gives an insider’s tour of the President’s House. Ticket information at 254-0374 or

Through May 24

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The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents “Durer Rembrandt: The Story of the Bible.” Durer created meticulous woodcuts and engravings of the Old and New Testament. Rembrandt painted profoundly spiritual works.

Every Friday night from 5-9 pm, Grand Rapids Art Museum offers a relaxing Immersion in the Arts. $5 general admission, free to members. Gourmet buffet and cash bar served 5-8 pm; Art Forum at 7 pm.

May 12-13 The world’s most famous Latina explorer comes to Grand Rapids for three performances of “Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys.” 7 pm May 12, and 10:30 am and 7 pm May 13. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets are $19, $23, $27 and $38 and are available at DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices and Ticketmaster.

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Wyoming Branch of KDL hosts After School Program for youth 11-17. PS2 games, chess and more. 3:30-5:30 pm.

Improve your communication and leadership skills with at the In Utter Words Toastmasters meetings. Noon1 pm at 3600 Camelot Court, SE in the large conference room of the Disability Advocates of Kent County. 459-3502 or 633-4017

Saturdays Literary Life Bookstore & More presents First Saturday for Kids. First Saturday of the month. 11 am. 758 Wealthy St. SE. 458-8418

Professional Development Season Opens May 16 Tickets: Adults (14 - 61 years) – $3.50; seniors (over 62 years) – $3.50; children (3 - 13 years) – $3.00; children 2 years and under – Free. Zoo Society members free. 336-4301 or John Ball Zoo opens for the summer May 16 with a lot of new primates. Monkey Island has been totally renovated, there is a new lemur exhibit, and the zoo has two new chimpanzees. Monkey Island has been under renovation since last September. The exhibit was totally rebuilt, with new rock formations, a waterfall and a stream. Rope netting gives the spider monkeys maximum mobility. The new lemur exhibit includes three ring-tailed lemurs, which are native to Madagascar. The zoo also has acquired two chimpanzees from the zoo in South Bend, Ind. The eventual goal is to breed with the zoo’s existing chimps — and then have chimp babies cavorting! Another change is that the entrance at the intersection of Valley and Fulton streets has been converted for pedestrian traffic only. Cars now enter the parking lot from Fulton, but a few hundred yards west of Valley. The change is to improve traffic flow. In addition to the many animal exhibits, the zoo has a zip line, a ropes course and boats to paddle around in. There also are summer classes for children age three through eighth grade.

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May 4 GROW (Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women) honors the graduates of the 37th class of Minding Your Own Business (MYOB). Free. 7-9 pm at Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, GVSU’s downtown campus. RSVP to 458-3404

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GROW “Lunch with Punch” networking and support group. Meets 12-1 pm. Bring a friend, lunch and business cards. Free. Reservations at

Thursdays The GVSU Toastmasters Club meets at the downtown GVSU (Pew) Campus in the University Club. 7:30 am. Public welcome. 254-0376

Second Saturdays Grand Rapids Regional Romance Writers holds their monthly meetings at 11:30 am at Grandville’s Restaurant in Grandville. Open to writers of all genres.

Introduction to GROW (Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women), the required first step to enroll in additional classes. 6-7 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, and Noon-1 pm on the second Thursday. Free. 25 Sheldon SE, Suite 210. 458-3404

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Tuesdays Early Bird Toastmasters meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 am at Michigan State University ExtensionKent County Office, 775 Ball NE. or Tuesdays North Kent Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:45 pm at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr NE & 11 Mile Rd, Rockford. 866-3509 or

Wednesdays Members of Urban Institute of the Contemporary Arts Writers’ Studio provide constructive criticism and inspiration to those with a passion for writing. Free weekly sessions 6:30-9:30 pm.

Kick off the 80th anniversary of the Tulip Time Festival with a run through the beautiful color-filled Tulip Lanes of Holland.

May 6 EcoTrek Fitness presents a free SelfDefense Techniques Demo, with Renee Gavin, demonstrator. 7:30-8 pm at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg. or 291-2851.

May 9 The 32nd Annual Fifth Third River Bank Run, the largest 25K road race with Wheelchair Racing and Handcycle divisions in the United States, takes place in downtown Grand Rapids. There’s also a 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Community Walk; Fifth Third Junior (1/2 and one-mile “fun runs” for kids ages 5-13; 5K Run for kids 9-13) on Wednesday, May 6, location TBD.





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May 2009

Group Meetings & Support Groups May 4 The Greater Grand Rapids chapter of Mothers & More presents “Rainy Day Activities,” quick, easy and inexpensive ideas to keep your brood busy. 7-9 pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. Free. 389-5376 or

May 10 Mother’s Day message by author Jan Lundy, “Mothering One Another” at Unity Church of Practical Christianity, 1711 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 10:30 am. 453-9909 or visit

May 3 Expressions of Grace Yoga presents “Healing Touch, A Heart Centered Energetic Approach to Health,” with Betsy Willey. 2-5 pm. $45. 361-8580 or

May 6 Habitat for Humanity sponsors a “Women Build Day,” in which women volunteers work on a house near 28th Street SE & Kalamazoo Ave. 8 am-4 pm, some half-day shifts. Lunch and a T-shirt provided. Register at 774-2431 ext 224 or email

May 6, 13, 20, 27 “Connecting with your Inner Divinity” is a workshop series with Coptic Minister Ortrun Franklin. 7 pm. $15 per session.

May 16 The 7th Annual Women’s City Club Antiques Road Show rolls into the clubhouse at 254 E Fulton St. Appraisers Charles Schoenknecht and Ward Paul will be on hand, with a buffet luncheon served 11:30 am-1:30 pm. $20 for the luncheon and one item for appraisal. Prepaid reservations are required at 459.3321. Al-Anon/Alateen meetings are available throughout west Michigan. For meeting schedule and locations call 774-1079 or visit

Expand Your Horizons May 1 Chef Robin Toldo presents “Entertaining with Style From Start to Finish.” $37. 6:30 pm at DreamMaker Showroom, 4658 West River Drive. NE. or 863-6322.

May 7 Glycolic Peel Facials are offered as a Mother’s Day Prep Event. $50. 10 am-4 pm at Jupiter Medical Aesthetics, 6290 Jupiter Ave. Suite D, Belmont. 301-2503. May 8 The Lakeshore Women’s Connection presents a brunch with two topics: “Getting to Know Your Plants” by Mary Walters; and “Don’t Give Up the Ship” by Brenda Ervin. 9:15-11 am at the Haworth Conference Center, 225 College Ave. Holland. $9. Reservations required ASAP. 392-3927 or 392-2037 or

May 14 The Hon. Jon A. Van Allsburg, Judge of the 20th Circuit Court of Ottawa County, speaks at the Law Day Breakfast of NALS, the association of legal professionals. $15. 7:30 am at San Chez Tapas Bistro. RSVP to

May 14, 28 Job Hunting 101 is a free two-hour seminar presented by the Grand Rapids Public Library. The session covers online job searching, creating resumes and

cover letters, and interviewing; individual resumes will be evaluated after the workshop. May 14, 1-3 pm at 1017 Leonard NW. May 28, 1-3 pm, 2025 Leonard NE. 988-5400 or

May 16 Expressions of Grace Yoga presents “Letting Go of Stress,” with Susan Duesbery. 1-4 pm. $45. 361-8580 or

May 19, 28 Grand Rapids Women’s Health presents a question-and-answer seminar on Essure, a permanent birth control method that doesn’t require hormones, cutting or going under general anesthesia. 5:30-6:30 pm at 555 Mid Towne St. NE. RSVP 588-1139 or

May 20 Expressions of Grace Yoga presents Morning Pranayama with Katherine Florentine. 7-8 am. $10. 361-8580 or

Something New The Gillmore Collection now offers gluten free menu options. Visit for more information. Cascade Winery presents a weekly pasta bar on Fridays. $8 plus $3 per glass of wine. 4-7 pm. 656-4665 or

Volunteers & Fundraisers May 2 The Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts Green Earth Gala: A Celebration of Art and Earth, to celebrate the museum’s gold certification as a LEED building.

May 7, 11 May 21 The Greater Grand Rapids chapter of Mothers & More presents “Sustainable Living,” featuring information from the West Michigan Co-Op and Michigan Energy Savings. 7-9 pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. Free. 389-5376 or

Volunteer tutors for reading and English are sought by The Literacy Center of West Michigan. Two tutor orientations have been set: 6:30-7:30 May 7 at Schuler Books & Music, 3165 Alpine Ave. NW; ands 6:30-7:30 pm May 11 at the Yankee Clipper Library, 2025 Leonard, NE. 459-5151 ext. 10 to register.

May 21


“Opening the Doors of Justice” is a brown bag seminar presented by NALS, the association of legal professionals. The speaker is Tracey W. Brame of the Access to Justice Clinic, Cooley Law School. $10 for NALS members, $15 non-members: 12:05-12:55 pm at Kent County Circuit Court, Jury Assembly Room (1st floor), 180 Ottawa Ave NW. RSVP to 752-2285 or

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids seeks volunteers to donate blood. Volunteers also needed to help run blood drives, assist in set-up/takedown, and serve as registration greeters and refreshment providers. 456-8661 Faith in Action Program of Guardian Angel Homes is looking for people to provide friendship/mentoring to adults with developmental disabilities. 458-7000, ext. 14 Inner City Christian Federation’s Home Ownership Program is in need of volunteers for their childcare room during class times. Interested volunteers should be 15 years or older. 831-1205 ext. 116 Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming seeks volunteers to greet and escort, prepare treatment areas, assist patients, staff the gift shop, circulate the magazine cart, deliver mail and supplies, and provide clerical help. 252-7009 Michigan Community Blood Centers needs volunteers to fill positions at various blood drives in Kent County and surrounding areas. 233-8523 The WORD Project ESL, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids, is looking for tutors to work in the ESL program as one-on-one tutors. 454-4874 Spectrum Health seeks volunteers to work with florists, patient escort and the emergency department. 391-1804

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May 2009


Start Talking, A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex, or Whatever By Mary Jo Rapini and Janine Sherman Bayou Publishing, 2008, $14.95

By Alexandra M. Fix

C o n v e r s a t i o n

The Girls

S t a r t e r s

By Mark Slouka Vintage Books, 2003, $13

capabilities and their loves and their losses. Some of this novel is about the experience of being conjoined. Some is simply about girls being girls in an ordinary world. Not selfpitying and not sensational, this becomes the pure story of two sisters bound together by nature and uncertain how they will say goodbye in the end.

A number of years ago, author Elizabeth Berg recommended the book God’s Fool by Mark Slouka. I picked it up and put it down, hesitant about the novel’s subject. Nonetheless, I kept the book on my shelf. More recently, a friend recommended The Girls by Lori Lansens. With only a cursory glance at the subject matter (sisters, I thought), I started the book and quickly recognized a familiar hesitancy. Within the first few paragraphs, I learned the full subject matter—the fictionalized autobiography of sisters, Rose and Ruby Darlen, born physically attached to each other. Rose and Ruby are rare craniopagus twins who could not be surgically separated. These are girls of today with people who love them and people who fear them. The sisters have separate dreams, wishes, loves and longings. They keep secrets from each other at times but anticipate each other’s thoughts and footsteps at other times. Almost 30 years old as the story begins, they know they have outlived any other craniopagus twins and they feel their mortality. Side by side, they strive to leave a mark in their world. They have jobs, friends and a home of their own, but as time ticks away, their lives hold on by a slender thread.

Completing this novel brought me back to pulling the dusty copy of God’s Fool off my bookshelf once more. Rose and Ruby are fictional characters. Chang and Eng Bunker, in Mark Slouka’s novel, are fictionalizations of true characters. These two men, born in Siam, attached to each other at the chest, are the first Siamese twins. As teens, they are displayed as “marvels of nature” at the royal palaces of China. A Boston sea captain extends their tours throughout the world. In time, the brothers take over their own management and continue to exhibit themselves. They earn enough to purchase a plantation and slaves in North Carolina. Married to sisters, they have 22 children between them. After suffering losses during the Civil War, the two men become part of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum of Curiosities. The masses continue to pay, to poke and prod and stare. It is challenging to read about the curiosity of crowds attending these sideshow exhibits of people with disabilities, and yet, it is a slice of history to ponder. Why did the crowds come? Why was P.T. Barnum such a success? Why did Chang and Eng participate in these exhibitions? What were their lives really like?

This is a thought-provoking novel. I felt at times that I was a voyeur, and it seemed wrong to stare in mental amazement at this chance of nature. It felt strange to wonder about their coming of age, their physical

Reading these novels, alone or in combination, will lead to some spirited conversations about the solitary and communal natures of men and women as well as the perception of people with disabilities in the past and in the present.

By Lori Lansens Back Bay Books, 2005, $13.99

God’s Fool


Mothers really do want to do what’s best for their daughters, but sometimes shyness, feelings of inadequacy, poor information and teenage tension get in the way. This book offers some wonderful ideas for opening the line of communication between mothers and daughters. Walking and wandering, treating yourselves to girl spa time, chatting at a coffeehouse or taking a yoga class together are just a few of the ideas to create some time together. And then this book gets to the heart of its message and, with a Q&A format, offers concrete ideas on how to actually answer a daughter’s questions about body concerns, health-related issues, sex, STDs, birth control and date safety. The facts in this book are explained clearly and will help mothers explain and daughters understand the bodily changes of growing up.

A Homemade Life, Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg Simon & Schuster, 2009, $23 No recipe comes without its story and each story warmly invites readers into the kitchen. Author Molly Wizenberg is a columnist for Bon Appetit magazine and a popular food blogger, the creator of Orangette. In A Homemade Life, Wizenberg shares a mix of food and family with her readers. Among the many, yummy recipe offerings are: bread and chocolate sandwiches, radishes and butter, squishy bread French toast and vanilla and black pepper ice cream. Chocolate wedding cake is one of her highlights and the story behind it is just as grand.

Alexandra Fix is the author of ten non-fiction children’s books including the series Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Heinemann Library). She is a former children’s librarian, registered nurse, freelance writer and avid reader. Enjoying college, one class at a time while her children were growing up, fed her love of literature and creative writing. She and her husband have five grown children and multiple grandchildren living all over the country.

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